CANstruction Dallas to benefit food bank

CANstruction Dallas, an annual design and build event of giant canned food structures benefitting the North Texas Food Bank, begins Saturday, August 26, 2023, and runs through Sunday, September 10, 2023, at NorthPark Center.

The event will feature 22 art-themed structures built entirely out of canned foods and other non-perishable food items by teams consisting of architecture, design, engineering and construction companies.

“The CANstruction competition and exhibit is an innovative and creative way for the design, engineering and construction communities to support the North Texas Food Bank’s mission to close the hunger gap in North Texas,” said Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. 

“Last year, the North Texas Food Bank was able to provide over 130,000 meals through the money and food donated from the event. 

“We could not do what we do in the fight against hunger without the support of the community and hope that you will take the opportunity to see the impressive displays that the teams create.”

The annual competition brings together the design, engineering and construction industries to build themed sculptures that in past years have included canned video game characters, superheroes and iconic landmarks from across the globe. 

The sculptures are then on display at NorthPark Center for the public to view and vote for their favourite.

Last year’s CANstruction raised over $13,000 and nearly 80,000 pounds of canned goods. The can structures were a collection of children’s literary favourites such as Clifford, Winnie the Pooh, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar and more can be viewed at

Now in its 31st year, CANstruction Dallas has provided millions of canned food items for the NTFB that are then distributed to North Texas neighbours experiencing hunger through a feeding network of 500 partner food pantries and other community organisations. 

These food resources are especially important now as North Texans continue to experience economic uncertainty and unprecedented hunger caused by record inflation.

NorthPark Center visitors can vote on their favourite structure by donating to that team’s fundraising page by visiting Every dollar donated casts a vote and helps the North Texas Food Bank provide access to three nutritious meals.

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